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Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

4.4
4.4
626 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is perched on Black Will's Cliff, on Greater Boston's North Shore. The Athanas family restaurants are known for excellent seafood and American cuisine.

We do not accept reservations for The Tavern or deck.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 595-5735

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Functions Department: (781) 595-5735

  • Neighborhood

    Swampscott

  • Cross street

    Rt. 129

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 626 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Scenic View

  • Boston Suburbs

    Great for Lunch

  • Boston Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Boston Suburbs

    Scenic View

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  1. PK

    PKMurph

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were running late. I called them they stayed open and waited for us. Awesome group of people. Thank you.
  2. C

    Conseiller99

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautful waterfront dining. Excellent seafood. LOVE the stuffed clams Anthony, Glover Salad and baked stuffed shrimp! Great service.
  3. PD

    PhyllisD

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was outstanding
  4. t

    travelgirl

    New England

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best broiled and baked stuffed lobster! Great popovers.
  5. M

    Michael

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a local great restaurant and you don’t have to drive into Boston. Our server was friendly, sweet and just right with timing. Eating out is still expensive, but the quality here is excellent. The view is beyond compare and plenty of parking make the whole evening a wonderful experience. We will miss going to this iconic place.
  6. PO

    PattiO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Popovers are the Best! My Husband had scallops and he said they were so sweet it was like eating candy I had the filet I had requested not to butterfly the steak but they did - but did not take away from the flavor Salads are delicious too! Can't wait to go back!
  7. JR

    JenniferR

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful meal! Treated us well. Didn’t rush us. All our food was cooked perfectly. The popovers were AMAZING! Absolutely delicious! Great place to celebrate!
  8. G

    Gman1228

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We paid $50 for a lobster that was cold and $60 for Prime rib that was cold. Would have sent both dinners back but the waiter never came back to our table!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love it , place , food and service was the best !
  10. NM

    NancyM

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Family birthday. Love this restaurant!
  11. OM

    OldMrBoston

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great traditional Boston seafood, delivered with understated class in a great location.
  12. MW

    MaureenW

    New England

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Andre was so wonderful and friendly and he had the best smile. He was very attentive and the food was absolutely delicious. We can’t wait to go back
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is still delicious with bigger portions than most places. Our party all had bisque, rich, plenty of lobster & delicious. Broiled scallops, baked shrimp, baked haddock and fried clams for dinners. All great and some had to take half dinner home. Sad to hear they’re closing
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Food okay, not great. I would rank it the lowest of the three restaurants we went to in Lynn this weekend. Service was very slow. We’re seated for 10 min before anyone touched the table. Ordered our appetizer and drinks. Was another hour before our soup arrived. Wife’s entree was cool, I was surprised that they didn’t prepare scallops by pan searing (my favorite), instead they were broiled like red lobster.
  15. B

    Bostonbornandbred

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony’s Pier 4 Cafe brings me back to the days of Pier 4 in Boston-when dining was a special occasion, a full experience. We enjoyed being greeted by the distinguished gentleman upon entering the restaurant. The service was attentive and friendly , some might say a bit slow but we wanted a leisurely dining experience. Our meals were excellent and the popovers melted in our mouths. Anthony’s still has it. Would love to see more of the old photographs on the walls!
  16. K

    Kimskeet

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Celebration of a milestone of many years spent at The Hawthorne and wanted to go before it closed for ever. Portions were very small for the price Service was excellent and view spectacular
  17. PA

    PeterA

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anthony's presence is still at this throwback restaurant. Classy.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! I LOVED the steamers and my filet mignon was cooked exactly as requested. The popovers are to die for!
  19. b

    bill

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    July 9 was my 82 ndbirthday.I wanted to to s very special place.Anthony’s in Swampscott was the perfect choice.I have been inAnthonys restaurants for more than Hal acentury.I include the ship that sunk during the blizzard of 78.It was a o perfect evening.Ambience over the water with a view of the skyline.Service outstanding.I had baked stuffed lobster Hawthorne.To say it was magnificent would be an understatement.Lobster stuffed with lobster,beautiful moist lobster legs and claws.Chatham clams perfect.My sincere thanks to Anthony’s the people for preserving and serving excellence
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great location and view. Food was good with reasonable portion sizes. Cold platter app contained fewer pieces than expected but taste was good. Server seemed relatively new and was still trying to figure out the system but he improved as night went on. Relatively hidden gem.
  21. BJ

    BarryJ

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    While the food was good the service was slow. Granted they are short on help, but even with the short staffing the service could have been better and the server could have been more attentive. This dinner was a special occasion so I called and requested a window table. I was told that a reservation only reserved a table not a specific table. They said I could ask for a window table when we arrive and if one is available then we would be seated by the window. When we arrived there was a table by the window which we requested. We were told that table was reserved so obviously we were lied to about requesting certain tables. To make matters worse that table sat empty for almost the entire time we were dining. I realize they are closing in a year, but we will never eat there again!
  22. K

    Kitty

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a perfect place to eat. Everything is five star quality. You feel totally pampered and have a beautiful view on the ocean with wonderful sea breezes. The food is exceptional as well as the wonderful freshly baked popovers every quest receives! We especially enjoyed the broiled scallops.
  23. M

    visitMiami

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice view, good service and food and easy parking as well
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall experience was wonderful. Food was great, service was great, atmosphere was wonderful!
  25. J

    John

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    food was excellent as always the server was not educated on the menu or specials but we attentive and pleasant.
  26. MW

    MikeW

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! Perfect location for that perfect date!
  27. ET

    EleanorT

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went to Anthony's for our anniversary dinner. We were probably the youngest people in the room, so it's definitely not a "hip" environment, but it's exactly what we were looking for. Amazing view of Boston and I could feel the history; it felt like a throwback to the kind of place my Mom would have gone to in the 70s (this is a compliment). Food was good, but a little expensive for what we got. Popovers were delicious. There wasn't a cocktail menu, which I thought was weird, but there was a full bar that can make whatever you ask for.
  28. j

    joycem

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So if you want a dining experience with a view, this is the place. The dining room is set up for most tables to have a view. The tables were set with linen, a nice touch for a change, and the sevice was attentive and very good . No loud music so you could have a conversation. The tables are far enough apart to give you some privacy. We enjoyed our experience very much.
  29. M

    Markos

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a fabulous dining experience in every way....the food, the view, the service, the ambiance. The best restaurant on the North Shore, if you like what's on the menu.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Just bad🥲
  31. j

    jfk3

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portions and food quality was excellent
  32. C

    Chrislyn

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite dining with spectacular view! Never disappoints with food and service. Excellent service and meal delicious!
  33. NP

    NanaPatO

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I planned a Sweet Sixteen birthday party for my granddaughter and requested a table by the window. George Athanas was wonderful. He ensured that we had a window table and that all the special items, ie cake, were done. The food was delicious. My granddaughter got lobster and it was perfection!! Thank You, we will be back Pat O'
  34. MM

    MMWL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Wanted to reexperience Pier I and General Glover food such as marinated mushrooms and the popovers before this restaurant is bought by the town of Swampscott for a seaside park!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  36. D

    Dreamarieg

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Anthony's Pier 4 has always been a staple for seafood,service, and ambiance. In the past, food and service have been impeccable. However, for Mother's Day, this was not the case. Our waitress was not present. She never asked how our food was, we could never find her to ask for more water, she didnt seem to be able to answer simple questions about the menu. Overall not good service. Our food was lukewarm. The quality of the fish was there, but since it was lukewarm it was not desirable. We were very surprised and disappointed by this experience at Anthony's.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Mothers Day
  38. S

    Stan

    New England

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We went to the Hawthorne for Mother's Day. The view was spectacular. The food was excellent and the service was very good. It was a nice day and meal.
  39. SG

    SwampscottGator

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Has a wonderful meal with my daughter. The food was outstanding, service was great , and the view spectacular. Highly recommended for a special occasion.
  40. AC

    AileenC

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Baked Alaska was quite frozen. It everything was delicious

FAQs

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 595-5735.

Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe is rated 4.4 stars by 626 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Anthony's Pier 4 Cafe

153 Humphrey Street, Swampscott, MA 01907

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rt. 129

  • Neighborhood

    Swampscott

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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